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We Can't Teach What We Don't Know:
White Teachers, Multiracial Schools, Second Edition

Gary R. Howard
Foreword by Sonia Nieto
Multicultural Education Series
Pub Date: February 2006, 192 pages

Paperback: $26.95, ISBN: 0807746657
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"More teachers need to read this book, more schools need to make sure it is in their libraries, and more schools of education need to include it in their reading lists."
—From the Foreword by Sonia Nieto, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

“Borrowing from the words of Malcolm X, ‘We can't teach what we don't know, and we can't lead where we can't go,’ Gary Howard's book acts on both points. He explains why teachers mustn't ‘fake it,’ but must acquire the knowledge, skills, and disposition to successfully teach all students. A great book for teacher-candidates and experienced teachers.”
Carl A. Grant, Hoefs-Bascom Professor, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Once again, in this expanded Second Edition, Gary Howard outlines what good teachers know, what they do, and how they embrace culturally responsive teaching. Howard brings his bestselling book completely up to date with today’s school reform efforts and includes a new introduction and a new chapter that speak directly to current issues such as closing the achievement gap, and to recent legislation such as No Child Left Behind. With our nation’s student population becoming ever more diverse, and teachers remaining largely White, this book is now more important than ever. A must-read in universities and school systems throughout the country, We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know continues to facilitate and deepen the discussion of race and social justice in education.

Critical Acclaim for We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know!

“Offers a healing vision for the future of education in pluralistic nations.”
Rethinking Schools

“An indispensable resource for anyone struggling to understand the role that Whites play in multicultural education.”
Teaching Tolerance

“This work clearly deserves the enthusiastic praise it receives from major multicultural thinkers such as James Banks, Sonia Nieto, and Christine Sleeter.”
Journal of Moral Education

“A wake-up call for those suffering from apathy and a confirmation for those who want to continue to serve as change agents in American society.”
Journal of Negro Education

“An excellent guide for anyone who wants to have a better understanding of how to lead and live in an increasingly multicultural, multiracial world.”
The Diversity Factor

Gary R. Howard is president and founder of the REACH Center for Multicultural Education in Seattle, Washington. He travels widely throughout the United States delivering keynote speeches and workshops addressing issues of race, justice, educational reform, and social transformation.

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